I'm feeling better and better about these hires as time goes on....including the new GM and the new structure. Let's see if after some time passes if I still feel the same way....but the feeling right now is damn good!
Packers hire OC Joe Philbin, DC Mike Pettine: A+ and A Grade
These are a pair of terrific hires. Aaron Rodgers and Joe Philbin have a great professional relationship, as Philbin used to coach Rodgers in his early playing days, including the year in which the Packers won the Super Bowl. Philbin did poorly as Miami's head coach, but some guys are just meant to be coordinators, and Philbin is one of them. Reuniting Rodgers and Philbin seems like a tremendous move that will pay off.
Pettine, meanwhile, is also a failed head coach, though to be fair, everyone fails with the Browns. More importantly, Pettine has been a great defensive coordinator over the years. In five seasons calling the defensive plays for the Jets and Bills, here's how his stop units have finished in yards allowed: 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10. I'd say that's pretty good! Pettine is a huge upgrade over Dom Capers, though he has his work cut out for him, given Green Bay's defensive personnel.
Packers fire DC Dom Capers: A+ Grade
It's about damn time. Dom Capers ran an elite defense in Green Bay in 2009 and 2010, but things quickly deteriorated for him after that. Starting in 2011, the Packers' defense ranked 22nd or worse in terms of yardage in four of seven seasons, and they never broke into the top 10 in that span. Despite having some great talents like Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Morgan Burnett, the Packer defense was 22nd in net yards in both 2016 and 2017.
Capers should've been fired a while ago, but better late than never, I suppose. The Packers need a new defensive coordinator so their secondary doesn't keep blowing countless coverages each week.
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